Kid’s Life: What Are You Thankful For? by Jolene Evans

In Sunday School classrooms around the nation, children are being asked the age-old question, “What are you thankful for this year?” Colossians 3:15 says, “Be thankful.” But what does thankfulness really look like? True thankfulness comes from your heart, not just when you get what you want, but all the time. These children have learned to be thankful.

  • 96_thanksgiving.jpg“I’m thankful that even though my best friend moved away, she will still come back to visit me. I’m also thankful that I became a Christian this year.” — Lyndi, age 10
  • “I’m thankful for my home and my family.” — Aaron, age 10
  • “I’m thankful to Jesus that He loves me.” — Caitlyn, age 12
  • “I’m thankful I have enough food to eat and that I’m not in an orphanage. I’m also thankful God gave me a good family.” — Jamie, age 8
  • “I’m thankful that I have new kittens at my house. I really like it when they let me pet them and pick them up and show them to my mommy.” 
— Emily, age 3
  • “I’m thankful for Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.” 
— Katie, age 7
  • “I’m thankful for God, because I love God!” — Eddie, age 5
  • “I’m really thankful to God for my family because we have a lot of fun together. Oh, and I’m thankful all our cows have about had their babies.” 
— Kale, age 7
  • “I’m really glad I have a new bike. Now I can ride everywhere!” 
— Brian, age 8
  • “I’m thankful for my family because they are very special to me, and we have a lot of fun together.” 
— Kylee, age 10
  • “I’m thankful that when my daddy got sick, the rest of our family didn’t get sick. I’m especially glad my baby sister didn’t get sick!” — Josie, age 7
  • “I’m thankful that my daddy will come home soon. I miss him when he’s gone.” — Anna, age 10
  • “I’m thankful that my daddy has a new job. He’s more happy now.” 
— Bryce, age 4
  • “I’m thankful for my new computer so I can write and publish my own stories. I’m also thankful for all the animals and people on our farm. It’s so much fun!” 
— Jeanna, age 10
  • “I’m glad my grandpa has a tractor and a horse so I can ride with him.” 
— Alan, age 4
  • “I’m thankful I can read the Bible. I read a story about people who didn’t even have Bibles and it made me sad.” — Clayton, age 11
  • “I’m thankful for my dog. She is my best friend and I like to sleep with her.” — Ryann, age 9
  • “I’m thankful I have a new baby brother. He is really tired a lot, but I love him.” — Joshua, age 5
  • “I’m thankful for our new house.”  — Jack, age 6

Jolene Evans and her husband, Jim, spend their time finding new reasons to be thankful. They serve the Lord and homeschool their three daughters on their farm in rural Northwest Oklahoma.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving — Just Around the Corner

It is hard to believe that it is already November and that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is a holiday to do exactly what the name implies — to give thanks! But why do we need a holiday to remind us to give thanks?

We often get so busy that we forget how much we have to be thankful for. I know I am guilty of taking my many blessings for granted (even just in the past few weeks). So it is nice to have this special time during the year to slow down, take some deep breaths, and focus on giving thanks.

90_NovEditorialPhoto.jpgI personally have so much to be thankful for. My husband, Jason, has always been a fabulous husband, but over the past 16 months, he also has become an amazing father. Our son, Jack, brings joy to our lives each and every day. We have fantastic extended family on both sides … and most of them live close enough to be involved in our daily lives. Jack definitely has the best grandparents in the world! We have a beautiful home in a lovely town and a circle of fun, supportive friends. Jason and I both have jobs we love for companies that make a difference in people’s lives. We have truly been blessed well beyond what we deserve!

So this year, I want to make even more of an effort to thank God for these blessings. Not only that, but I want to make sure that the people in my life know how thankful I am for them. And I want to be sure to carry that spirit of thankfulness into 2010 and give thanks every day … not just on Thanksgiving Day.

The November 2009 issue of ParentLife is packed full of great ways your family can celebrate Thanksgiving together. Be sure not to miss it!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?